Bedard's rookie card was in the 2001 Bowman Draft set and he was a highly regarded prospect at the time of his cardboard debut. His first full season in the Majors was 2004 with the Orioles. He spent four years with the O's and his best season was easily 2007. While Bedard's record was only 13-5, he posted an ERA right above 3.00 with more than 200 strikeouts and an ERA+ of 146. The Orioles traded Bedard to the Mariners for Adam Jones and a few others.
Bedard was a solid pitcher after his trade to the Mariners, but never duplicated his 2007 season. He ended up also spending time with the Red Sox, Pirates, and Astros. This spring he auditioned for the fifth starters roll with the Rays, but lost the battle to former Bulls pitcher Jake Odorizzi. Most thought Bedard would opt to go elsewhere, but after some foot dragging, ended up in Durham. I would expect him to end up in Tampa sooner than later, or end up opting out of his Minor League contract at some point for opportunities elsewhere.
Bedard has plenty of cards floating around and there are plenty of good pieces to add. He has several different autographs and relics, not to mention the normal spattering of short prints, serial numbers, parallels, printing plates, etc. The best Bedard card in my collection is a copy of his 2007 Bowman's best.
At the time of this set's release this card was a pretty good pull. In fact, I am pretty sure that I easily paid more than $10 for this card. They can now be found for less than $5. If I had to go out and buy a Bedard autograph this afternoon I would recommend a copy of his Bowman autograph from 2002.